Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills

Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills
Mothman, a legendary creature of the Ohio Valley, descends through the West Virginia night. (Illustration by Ted Fauster)

West Virginia's most monstrous locations

Highlighted in the map below, many of the locations mentioned in our survey of West Virginia monsters are ideal for travelers as well as mysterious creatures. Select any of the icons to find out more about these beastly locations.

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Select an icon to visit any of the monstrous towns covered in our story.

More spooky fun in West Virginia!

Old penitentiary at Moundsville, WV, Marshall County, Northern Panhandle Region
Old penitentiary

For more information on mysterious locales, visit our guide to the , in which we've selected the top publicly accessible haunted towns and sites in the Mountain State.  Or perhaps real-life horror is what you're looking for? The grisly tale of the gives an account of one of the first documented serial killers in the U.S.

Request FREE info on touring ghost towns on the New River

Ruin at Lower Kaymoor, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge National River, New River Gorge Region
Ghost town on the New River

Many of the most fantastic ghost towns in the  in southern West Virginia are accessible only by raft. Use our  to request pricing on a ghost-town raft trip from all licensed whitewater rafting companies at once. Include “” in your request. Educational and ideal for families with children, raft trips are ideal for exploring cultural and natural history.


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  1. I'd not heard of the Snarly Yowl, The White Thing, or Grafton Monster.

    Quite interesting... Thank you!

  2. Was such a joy to write this article. Thanks, David. Please let me know if you need additional stories or monster art. Safe travels!

    Ted Fauster
    Author of Supernatural Survival Guide: for the Appalachian Region